I cannot remember how the conversation went between my sister and I but I remember it was right before Ellis was born that we decided it would be so fun to have a Fiesta for her first birthday. The cute dress, the bright color decorations, the flowers...a PINATA! And so when it came time to start planning, I dove in head first.
Of course, the planner that I am, I had to draw it out first.
A lot of the stuff I made ahead - the party sacks, the "lets eat cake" and "nacho bar" banner, the tissue paper flowers (with help from my sweet friend!), the pinata-like number 1, and the monogram E's. The rest of the decor was bought in San Antonio by my sister and my amazing friend, Sarah.
With an hour and half to decorate the restarant room, my sister, my cousin, my mom, and I had the room decorated and ready for guests to arrive.
I started working on the party favor sacks back in early January when my students were working on linoleum printing blocks. I drew the design on the block based off of this beautiful chalkboard sign by the awesomely talented blogger of Little Baby Garvin, and then cut it from the linoleum and printed it directly onto the brown paper sacks.
I then added strips of fringed tissue paper to the bottoms of the sacks topped with a strip of washi tape for a finishing touch.
I made way more than I needed, but that's the beauty of printing with lots of colors - I just couldn't stop!
The cake was made my a very talented friend of mine, Tonya Staggs. She did a wonderful job making it look colorful and fun.
She had a smash cake that was just as yummy as the big cake, but there was no smashing that took place (smile).
Just a little finger tasting...
Followed by some water drinking...this girl is not used to sweet stuff...on this, I kid and question if she is my daugher or not...
And then she ordered that it be taken away - again, I kid, but that's what this looks like, right?!
Unfortunately, this is the only actual photo we got of the three of us at her first birthday party, but at least we got one. I wore a Mexican top like hers. I realize the days for us to dress alike are going to go fast, so I took full advantage.
I'm happy to say that her first birthday party was a complete success! Sweet pea was an absolute peach the whole time and enjoyed being carried and doted on by lots of family and friends who genuinely love and care for her. I'll be the first to admit that the planning that went into this was sometimes stressful and time consuming, but to see this smile, I will do it a hundred times over again.
She and I went home soon after the party was over and took a much needed siesta together. The day could not have been any better.